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Dakar, Senegal. Introduction: The role of the palatine tonsils in the development of dental intra-arch and interarch abnormalities. Data on the probable relationship between. The purpose of this study.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed on a group of children subdivided into 5. Dental arch measurements were. Data were analyzed with software. Comparisons of qualitative variables according to. The strength of the association between tonsillar grade. The strength of the association between.

Grade 4 was strongly associated with molar Class II malocclusions,. Conclusions: Early evaluation of the. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop ; T he involvement of Waldeyer's ring hypertrophy in the development of intra-arch and interarch dental anomalies is often brought up in the ortho-.

Submitted, July ; revised and accepted, October Copyright by the American Association of Orthodontists. However, to date, no study has been conducted to quantify the relationship between the space occupied by the tonsils in the pharyngeal airway and the intra- arch and interdental arch anomalies. The data in the literature on their probable relationship are subjec- tive. A secondary aim was to determine from what grade the tonsils could be associated with orthodontic disorders.

These children had undergone an initial ear, nose, and throat. Diouf et al. They were divided into 5 subgroups according to their tonsil sizes. The different sizes were grouped into grades according to the standardized tonsillar hypertrophy grading scale of Brodsky and Koch.

Figure 1 clinically illustrates the different tonsillar grades. Boys and girls between 6 and 12 years of age were included in this study. These authors have shown it to be a reliable method, even on low-quality radiographs, and well correlated to other methods described in the litera- ture. At the same time, a tongue depressor was placed by the operator at the level of the posterior part of the dorsum of the tongue.

On the basis of the ratio of the tonsils to the oropharynx transversely measured between the anterior pillars of the pharynx , a standardized tonsillar hypertro- phy grading scale was used Table I. The following interarch parameters were noted or measured. Transversally: presence of a normal transverse oc- clusion, presence of a posterior crossbite with a functional lateral deviation of the mandible, and presence of a posterior crossbite without a func- tional lateral deviation of the mandible.

Vertically: overbite distance between the free edge of the maxillary central incisors and the free edge of. Table I. Sagittally: Angle molar and canine relationships and quantity of overjet. The following intra-arch parameters were measured.

Sagittally: total lengths of the maxillary and mandibular arches distance between the tangent line to the buccal surfaces of the central incisors and a tangent to the distal surfaces of the second deciduous molars or the second permanent premo- lars. Fig 1. Clinical grading of tonsil size: grade 0, tonsils limited to the tonsillar fossa; grade 1, tonsils occu-.

Fig 2. Radiographic determination of the size of the adenoids using the method of Cohen and. Statistical analysis. The strength of the association between the tonsillar. The chi- square test was used to compare the qualitative dental arch variables according to the tonsillar grade, and the. General interpretation of the strength of a relationship.

Very large. Sagittal dimension. Overjet mm. Total length of maxillary arch mm. Total length of mandibular arch mm. Vertical dimension. Overbite mm. Total depth of the palatal vault mm. Transversal dimension. Grades 0, 1, 2, 3, 4. Maxillary intercanine width mm. Mandibular intercanine width mm. These strengths were analyzed using the values proposed by Cohen 1 6 in Table II.

Vertical and transversal dimensions. Eighty patients, 37 boys For the assessment of quantitative dental arch pa- rameters in the sagittal dimension, there was no signif- icant correlation between the dental variables overjet, total lengths of the maxillary and mandibular arches and tonsillar grade.

Transversely, the maxillary intercanine width was signif- icantly and negatively correlated to grade rho 5 0. Similar results were found for the ratio of in- terpremolar widths and grade rho 5 0. The combination of vertical and transverse dimensions. Grade 0, n 5 Grade 1, n 5 Grade 2, n 5 Grade 3, n 5 Grade 4, n 5 Phi 4. Angle Class canine relationship. Angle Class molar relationship. Open bite. Deep overbite. Normal overbite. This phenomenon is physiologically normal because the volume of the palatine tonsils normally de- creases with age.

Kozak 1 7 has shown that atrophy of the tonsils starts after age 10 years and ends at adulthood. The increase in the grade corresponds to that of the space occupied by the tonsils between the anterior pillars of the oropharynx.

Patients with this type of obstructive tonsillar hypertrophy can have low tongue posture, which enables them to perform substitute mouth breathing. In this posture, the tongue no longer plays the conformation morphologic role of the palatal vault, which becomes deeper and narrower.

However, the rho value of 0. This decrease may also be caused by the low tongue posture, no longer involved in the conformation of the maxillary arch in pa- tients with higher grades, who are more prone to venti- latory disturbance. The strength of the associations between the transversal dimension of the maxillary arch and the grade could also be considered moderate.

These results recall those of Bresolin et al 4 and Solow et al, 1 8 who showed that tonsillar hypertrophy caused upper airway obstruction, resulting in mandibular retrusion and Class II malocclu- sions. Thus, grade 0 patients were less likely to have an upper airway obstruction than grades 3 and 4 patients. The latter were more likely to practice mouth breathing, resulting in an anterior open bite.

Transversely, grades 3 and 4 patients were more likely to develop transversal malocclusions than grades 0, 1, and 2 patients. This maloc- clusion with a functional lateral deviation is a clinical sign of a symmetrical constricted maxillary arch and maxillary bone.

Constricted maxillary arch and bone are often cited among the consequences of ventilatory disturbances, and it is well proven that enlarged tonsils contribute to upper airway obstruction, leading to venti- latory disturbances. Except for the variable presence of anterior open bite, where 4 was equal to 0. Grade 0 was strongly associ- ated with a Class I canine relationship, normal overbite, and normal transverse occlusion, whereas grade 4 was strongly associated with a Class II molar relationship and posterior crossbite with functional lateral deviation of the mandible.

This grade 4 was, however, moderately associated with anterior open bite. However, the strength of this correlation had not been evaluated by the author. This study showed the following. Grade 4 was strongly associated with molar Class II malocclusions, and posterior crossbite with func- tional lateral deviation of the mandible.

Early assessment of tonsillar grade during the pread- olescence years should therefore be considered. Limme M. Cons e quences orthognathiques et orthodontiques de la respiration buccale. Acta Otorhinolaringol Belg ; Dentition in children with enlarged tonsils compared to control children. Eur J Orthod ;


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